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MORPHOMETRIC AND MERISTIC ANALYSIS OF TOR CHILINOIDES (PISCES : CYPRINIDAE) FROM THE RIVER WESTERN NAYAR OF GARHWAL, CENTRAL HIMALAYA

S.P Uniyal, Anoop K Dobriyal, M.S. Bisht and H. K. Joshi

Department of Zoology, HNB Garhwal University Campus, PAURI GARHWAL - 246 001

Abstract
The paper deals with the interrelationships of morphometric characters and their significance in the taxonomic raciation and identification of Tor chilinoides (McClelland), a hillstream detritivore fish collected from the river Western Nayar in the Garhwal, Central Himalaya. It was observed that all the body parts grow in accordance with the total length of the body. The maximum total length of the fish was observed to be 23.6 cm, which is the highest size collected so far in this region. The head length was 20.45 ±0.71 percent of the total length. Females were larger in size than males. The eyes were situated just ahead of the middle of head length, and the body depth was slightly less than the head length. Regression analyses were made between different dependent and independent variables by using the method of least squares and were tested by the analysis of variance (ANOVA).

Key words: Morphometrics, meristic analysis, T. chilinoides, Garhwal. .
 

 
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